BC Parks Closes All Provincial Parks Due to Covid-19

Apr 8, 2020 at 14:40
by Sarah Moore  

Parks Canada recently closed all their parks and now BC Parks announced today that they have closed all provincial parks in response to the call for increased action to address COVID-19.

Federal and provincial directives have asked people to stay close to home to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk, but since some continue to ignore the order, they say was a necessary measure.

bigquotesBecause physical distancing works, it is critical that we take every action needed to restrict the spread of COVID-19. This applies to British Columbians and out-of-province visitors who were planning to visit or stay at our provincial parks. The message is clear: stay home, avoid travel, do not put yourself or others at risk.

“I understand and share the love people in British Columbia have for the outdoors and the connection between health and proximity to nature. We tried to provide safe space for people to get some exercise and fresh air in our beautiful parks. But it has proven too challenging to maintain safe distance between visitors. This action is difficult but necessary. We look forward to the day we can welcome people back to our wonderful parks.
George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

The timing of this decision is important given the upcoming Easter long weekend and what is usually the beginning of the busy season for outdoor recreation and camping.

BC Parks is also extending the ban on all camping in provincial parks until May 31, 2020. The Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has also closed its campgrounds and amenities in response to the COVID-19 situation.

The full closure order can be found here. Any change to provincial park access or services will be posted to the BC Parks website.

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  • 181 39
 Damn, I guess I'll just go grocery shopping with 200 other people to stay safe instead of hiking by myself
  • 43 11
 '..and wait in line nose-to-tail outside Costco with 500 of your closest 'friends'
  • 17 13
 This comment is the truth lol
  • 76 22
 @cyberoptixs: It's only truth because because some people are incapable of making smart decisions, so while grocery shops remain open out of necessity, the government is reducing risk wherever it can.
  • 7 0
 @kookseverywhere You should see the trails on the North Shore...
  • 41 1
 @superkeen: lol "hiking by myself" - you've obviously never been to one of these parks. Especially the last two weekends.
  • 3 3
 @grickbeil: i bet he was or did you just reply to the wrong person ???
  • 5 0
 @surfct: Wrong person... Applies to the first comment and the S2S parks and the laughable idea of hiking by yourself anywhere near them...
  • 22 3
 hiking trail entrances are the busiest i have ever seen them in north van. the lineup to climb up to lower espresso goes all the way down to the road sometimes.

the fact that there is a lineup at all is insanity, this needed to happen. you can still go for a hike, and if you get caught then you deserve it because it wasnt remote enough Smile
  • 14 4
 @nateisgrate: This has got nothing to do with race and everything to do with having 2.5 million PEOPLE 45 minutes away. But if you want to point a finger, as someone riding by myself in Squamish every day it looks like a pretty white problem to me (coming from a white guy).
  • 3 2
 Username definitely checks out!
  • 42 22
 No, you'll stay home by yourself. You're not asked to trade biking for shopping, you're asked to trade non-essential stuff for staying home. You would have gone grocery shopping anyways at some point but you're also suppose to minimize that. Food is essential. Biking is not. Stay home folks, it's not complicated, stop looking for loopholes.
  • 40 12
 @johnthewolf: biking is pretty essential to my mental health.
  • 22 43
flag RoadStain (Apr 8, 2020 at 16:27) (Below Threshold)
 Ignorant. At the end of the day, many trails near me are closed. Many of us are still riding them daily. Then, retards like to go out and "Catch" people, take photos and put them on Facebook....let there be no question, there will be MANY altercations, physical and verbal (yet another reason Facebook is idiotic). I do hope someone sprays the Photogs with Bear Spray...once this is over, I know a few people who are simply never welcome to ride on my wheel again....that is what this shit causes.

Oh, and people need to mind their own damn business.
  • 11 5
 So you weren’t going to the grocery store while the parks were open? Logic doesn’t quite make sense...You will be going to the grocery store regardless. This is one less place to contract or spread the virus.
  • 11 56
flag RoadStain (Apr 8, 2020 at 16:29) (Below Threshold)
 @johnthewolf: "stuff for staying home" that is all well and good, but for the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights that allows me FREE TRAVEL - period. Cops never met a right they did not want to trample, however . But, even the local Sheriff said they will NOT enforce any ban of any bikes on any trail. Plus if I want to make out with a stranger on the trail, that is up to us.I do understand Tinder is ROCKIN.
  • 27 7
 @RoadStain: Nobody wants to trample your constitutional rights. Nobody wants this happening right now, including cops and the government. Of course the bad politicians and cops will take advantage of the situation for personal gain, but when will they not?
Staying home right now and deciding not to use your right to free travel (unless necessary) is a “personal responsibility” thing that so many like to preach about. It’s patriotism.
  • 38 7
Exercise your 'rights' all you like, doesn't stop you being a selfish dickhead
  • 21 5
 @leadsledpaintrain: this is canada....take your constitution and bear arms and beat it.
  • 5 3
 @RONDAL: Same thing is happening to my local trails as well, and the person I replied to is American. Also Canada has a constitution too ya know?
  • 9 48
flag RoadStain (Apr 8, 2020 at 17:14) (Below Threshold)
 @leadsledpaintrain: The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment -

Um, being as I am in one clinic or another every day. I am in a grocery store just about ever day. If I want to go and ride my bike, the rest of yall can F-Off....or better, quit bringing us your sick and your weary (besides, the death toll examples were as exaggerated as Hulk Hogans penis size).

  • 5 15
flag RoadStain (Apr 8, 2020 at 17:43) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb1201: think what you want, but, I am dead serious. Back in clinic at 8am.
  • 1 1
 @superkeen: Necessity? Today marks 30 days since I have been in a grocery store. We have all been told to have 3 months worth of cu$hion saved for exactly times like this. I’ll ride for another two months before bothering to put on a mask and go to a store where everyone else has drooled over my produce.
  • 3 0
 I'm trying to do the "Grocery Store Challenge" to see how long I can avoid going the grocery store. It has been 3 weeks for me and can stretch it much longer, but got to eat frozen, canned, and packaged food.
  • 8 9
 @notthatfast: just so I’m clear: he’s selfish because he rides his bike on a trail, where, the most contact he will have with anyone is speeding by on a bike? You’re a gnikcuf idiot, a sheep part of the sheeple. Your comment is as stupid as the yellow banner on the pinkbike home page stating you’re irresponsible if you ride your bike. It’s politics for pinkbike: don’t want to be known as the webpage that dissuade people from gong out.
  • 10 4
"Sheeple", are you serious? Being part of the crowd is not a bad thing when we're talking about infectious diseases you absolute mouth breather
  • 2 0
 @grickbeil: what the is the purpose of your comment?
  • 5 3
 @mtb1201: You don't have the right to tell others what is important to their mental health.
  • 4 0
 @cyberoptixs: I agree with your comment, but I think people can look for options to peddle from their home verses driving to the North Shore or other popular destination throughout the province to ride. I live on the shore and there are still a lot of cars coming over second narrows bridge with bikes on racks and trail heads are packed. Explore your neighborhood trails and make smart decisions out there. We only get one chance to get this right, and what we are doing in BC right now appears to be working. The goal is not to take away our access over the long term, it is to not overload the healthcare system in the short term. If we can all make sacrifice now, we may all get through this better on the back end.
  • 3 0
 @camsean77: yea the situation on the coast is alot different then up here, you guys have alot more people, I went out riding yesterday seen 2 bikers and 3 hikers. I mostly ride alone distance myself when I see people I do my thing and go home, it's the 2 hours out of the day that keeps me sane. I get why they are doing it and agree with some of it but it's mostly the stupid people that wreck it for the ones that actually listen
  • 6 2
 @RoadStain: I respect your first hand experience and opinion. What I struggle with is how my wife, family members and many friends who work in various positions in healthcare, some of which actively treating patients, others actively researching the disease all, unanimously, disagree with you.
  • 4 13
flag RoadStain (Apr 9, 2020 at 5:22) (Below Threshold)
 @robwhynot: The odd thing, less than .00001% (estimate) are in "research" as opposed to educated experiments based on clinical experience. "Research" that I trust is going to come from CDC and accredited places (military, big pharma). As you know, most often researchers find exactly what it is they are looking for, more so in an academic environment were it seems there simply can not be a political or socialist undertone to the results that tend to be found.

The fact is, while "humanity" has a large bearing on the individual scientist's goals, that scientist needs to be paid based on performance (as in, a tangible result) and at the end of the day a fiduciary motive to thus continue research into other bugaboo's we as humans contend with day to day.

If your family and their peers are low-level staff and NOT working in Pulm, simply their opinions are NOT at all valid for the situation at hand. In general, the mass majority of cases walking into the ED are first off missing the "E" aspect of ED, this has only been made far worse since the disaster that is Obama. From there, treating every hypochondriac with a sniffle makes it all that much worse.

I work directly with Infectious Disease as well as Pulm (who in recent decades mostly figure out why smokers cough and fat people snore). If protecting society and mankind on a whole is the goal (globally)...we need to first ban the sun (skin cancer), smoking, drinking, drugs, fatty foods............but, no matter waht. We are all mortal.
  • 4 1
 @johnthewolf: Who made you the ultimate decider of what’s essential? Get off your high horse.
  • 4 1
 @RoadStain: I'll hand it to you, you are making a convincing argument riding is needed for our mental health.
  • 3 1
 @RoadStain: you’re either equally low level, meaning you’re opinion is equally worthless, or more senior than your acting from behind a keyboard.
  • 6 6
 @RoadStain: this is the only guy that gets it. Rest of you are all sheep. Get ready for the slaughter.
  • 7 3
 @superkeen: And here lies the problem, we have become dependents of the Government, we need them to keep us safe, for them to define what we are allowed to do instead of thinking for ourselves. Thank you mommy for keeping me safe.
  • 4 3
 GIve your heads a shake. The closure was done to prevent people from travelling over the long weekend. When people travel to the parks, they stop at gas stations, take-out stands, and often carpool. More importantly, they move across different areas and increase the risk of transmission from location to location ---- introducing potential for spread of illness between communities. This has less to do with our own selfish petty needs, and more to do with a the higher level work of epidemiologists to save lives. Get perspective.
  • 4 6
 @cerealkilla: That travel is simply NOT your business nor the business of "The Man". I already have a script if some idiot cop was to ask me for my papers. Unless and until there is MARIAL LAW, I will not alter my travel behaviors in any way.

I do wonder if it is a crime to spit on the door of my mailbox.........I think the mail carrier is a carrier......time to get her with bear spray!
  • 1 2
 @RoadStain: Attitudes like that are what will drive the death rate up. People like you are parasites that coast on the good work of others. I hope your family stays healthy.
  • 5 0
 @cerealkilla: You're just scared because you're old and fat.

Your statement is an assumption that what the media puts out is actually true. The media sensationalizes everything. Half truths at best. My wife is a physician and consults with infectous disease experts daily. Please, continue carrying the media's water...
  • 3 0
 @cerealkilla: If you feel you are at risk...STAY HOME. See how easy that is? And no, I am not too worried about you, your family, nor others who are not in my immediate circle....
  • 4 0
 @Beez177: But, Dr Sanjay Gupta and the womyn on The View say............
  • 2 0
 @RoadStain: Yup and most (60-70%) people are stupid and easily influenced.
  • 2 0
 Rather than PB doing comment of the year, we've got a good number of candidates for "complete twat of the pandemic"
  • 2 0
 @jonnyboy: Is the winner this Special Olympics participant and Chinese tool Tedros Adhanom? I can think of no greater honor for that particular idiot.
  • 3 1
 @RoadStain: Exactly. You are only worried about yourself. Which shows there are degenerates in our midst undoing the good work of others.
  • 1 4
 @Beez177: Yup. I have a Phd with two years in medical ethics. I'll that that over your second hand nonsense.
  • 2 0
 @cerealkilla: Whatever Quack, loose some weight and wash your hands. There's sound advice.
  • 8 2
 When this is all said and done I truly believe that the negative effects of the resulting recession will be far greater than the negative effects of the virus. We are already seeing domestic abuse increasing (by 40% in some places), suicide rates are increasing and will only get worse as this goes on, and average life span of an entire generation will be reduced by 1-2 years.
You can respect that the virus is a real and dangerous thing, and also be skeptical of the government (no one should think ever that the gov has their best interest in mind) while be resistant to handing over individual rights that you may never get back if you give them up now (how many times have you heard "the new normal" from the gov instead of the "temporary" we heard two weeks ago?).
If someone feels they are at risk from the virus because of an underlying health issue, they should stay home and receive benefits from a "stimulus" package. If someone feels they are healthy enough to fight off the virus (as most people are, with minimal symptoms) then they can go outside, go to work, keep the economy moving, and do whatever they want. Everyone should have the individual responsibility and freedom to make that decision for themselves without the gov telling them what to do.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that no one should just follow government orders blindly. Everyone should be questioning their gov and inserting some critical thinking and common sense.
  • 3 0
 @cerealkilla: Medical ethics? What a joke. Let me guess you're in administration. Phd. is not a M.D. big difference tubby.
  • 2 0
 @cerealkilla: Yep, only worried about myself and my buddies who just finished a 25mi off road ride on closed trails....oh, the humanity. Every time I see a Canadian flag I cant not think of Terrance and Phillip......or the fact that your elected officials come south for their personal healthcare needs.....
  • 1 1
 @cerealkilla: "Ethics" if we bring ethics into this we as a society would let ALL children in the NICU just die as they will tend to have lifetimes of medical issues and MASSIVE medical debt. I mean, who does not want a kid who will never, not ever be even mediocre.
  • 1 0
 @Beez177: Hey now, I am in Admin!!!!!
  • 2 0
 @RoadStain: Aw shit, that backfired on me. Sorry bro. I got respect for any human that wakes up everyday and goes to work and tries their best.
  • 1 0
 @Beez177: By and large...I just point and laugh...
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: Way to be.
  • 1 0
 @kookseverywhere: I like your last paragraph. What that looks like is different for a lot of people. Difficult to say when the government is providing you with a good or bad idea to embrace.
  • 40 3
 It’s really simple-ride where you live, keep your distance or ride solo, be extra careful to give dog walkers and hikers their distance and for f*cks sake don’t hang out in the parking lot for beers after riding. We have it really good in BC right now, if people act like idiots and a bunch of nervous nellies complain to the powers that be we will all be lucky to be road riding for the summer.

It just takes a few shitheads right now to make the next few months a whole lot less tolerable.
  • 8 1
 Yep not surprising that BCparks is taking this step, still seeing Bro-downs in the parking lot post ride as of last night! I’ve never been a huge social rider, and can’t understand why we couldn’t do our best to give each other space on the trail right now. And your right we will be LUCKY if we are aloud to ride road, fortunately in BC there’s a lot of trails outside of parks and a lot of ways to get away from people. (Outside the lower mainland)
  • 1 0
 Our public lands in Washington are all closed now because land managers saw ongoing irresponsible behavior. Sucks.
  • 6 0
 I’ve been out a few times and have only seen good behaviour. I fear that car counts are being used as a metric for lack of physical distancing. There is tons of space out there, and people are being good.
  • 4 4
 Squamish trails ARE the local trails for people in Vancouver. Sea to sky residents have it really good right now, but the millions of people in Vancouver are being told they can't go to the places they'd usually get exercise. There is literally nowhere in the city of Vancouver to ride a mountain bike. To all those in the sea to sky blaming people from the city, put yourself in their shoes. This is their backyard too, and you usually benefit from that.
  • 4 0
 @skylerd: if you live in Vancouver, Squamish is NOT your backyard.

The more people move around, the more things spread. It’s as simple as that. I understand the need to get outside, and I think driving to the Shore could be justifiable (FYI trail are still open, but with DNV parking restrictions to spread people out). But driving up to Squamish right now seems frivolous, and a parade of cars driving up the Sea to Sky on a sunny weekend is the crap that gets mountain bikers on the news, not good for anyone.

Now is the time to be low-key.
  • 2 0
 @DMal: no, the more people interact, the more things spread. It's simple as that.

Having everyone go to the same places is a problem.
  • 2 0
 @skylard you chose to live in the city, don’t be selfish right now and wreck it for everyone. If you really have to ride go at 7:30 am and be done by 10 when no one is out. Or get lights and ride at night. If people jam up the trails and parking lots this weekend or someone gets hurt bad we are all screwed.
  • 2 1
 @sitkadog: I think we totally agree on how people should be recreating right now.

My issue is with the righteous localism spewing out of the S2S. The S2S is what it is because of its proximity to Vancouver. If it wasn't, why didn't you move to Lillooet or Kaslo or Terrace or Cumberland instead? Closing parks seems to have originated from complaints by "locals" who feel possessive of public spaces, and feel they should be able to exclude "those other people". If we're all in this together, why are some people expected to bear more of the burden?
  • 1 0
 @skylerd: I don’t disagree, but the issue is that optics matter at the moment. There are many ‘concerned citizens’ out there who would like to see us all locked in our homes. The fact that some trails and parking areas are closed but not others doesn’t help; now we’re parking in neighbourhoods, in front of those concerned citizens’ houses.

Unfortunately, we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard or I fear we risk losing it all. And if we can’t even ride on the Shore over the next few months, I’m going to go pretty crazy.
  • 1 1
 @sitkadog: I still do not understand how a potential orthopedic injury at all alters the schedule of the pulmonologits who also are not all that busy....they going to have the carpenters working on the AC all of a sudden?
  • 2 0
 @skylerd this has nothing to do with localism, it has to do with everyone doing their part to keep the trails open. Are you willing to trade a busy ride on a long weekend for 3 months of road riding?? I chose to live close to a relatively large trail system that I can ride to from my house. I’m not riding there this weekend or at any peak times during the week and when I do I’m taking the long way to get there to avoid people in general. Takes a whole extra 5 minutes... If people from the city have to ride I can understand that, but be smart about it, it’s not that hard. Now’s not the time for people to be driving to small towns for a multitude of reasons, same reason I’m not heading to Costco in the city to buy all the shit tickets. Do something else this weekend. Go ride as close to home as possible early in the morning during the week when no one is out, or ride at night, the full moon has been sick the last few nights.
  • 3 0
 @RoadStain: it has to do with the fact that local SAR has made it abundantly clear that they don’t want to rescue anyone right now out of risk for infection to their members. It also has to do with the knee jerk reactions of the powers that be if someone gets wrecked, it makes it into the news and they feel like they have to do something... the simple solution is don’t be selfish and think about the affect your actions will have on others. Someone breaking their leg won’t overwhelm the healthcare system, but it sure might alter a whole lot of people’s recreation opportunities.
  • 1 0
 It’s funny how people think that riding is their only outlet. And they must do it or they will die. There are a lot of other things you can do you know.
  • 2 1
 @skylerd: People in Squamish are not shopping in Vancouver. Works both ways. This narcissistic entitlement attitude that people have towards gratifying themselves with recreation could result not only many deaths, but also prolonged closures, stricter authoritarian measures because of the few that can't respect others, and a lasting negative stain on all of biking because of the selfish minority that place their ride thrill above societal good.
  • 16 1
 What ever is suggested or enforched I will comply with no complaint s if the sacrifice on my behalf will do in any part reduce how long we have to live in the current state of fear . I put around on empty streets at a slow speed enjoying fresh air and sunshine by myself. When this is over I will shredd with much joy never taking that feeling of freedom for granted.
  • 2 1
 Finally a reasonable response in the comments to this news, only thing I’m bummed about is the my Seymour road closing, it was my spot that I 100% knew I could maintain spaces during road rides (injury has had me off the mtb since September)
  • 2 1
 @jj12jj: oh I'm trying to practice social distancing on quiet back roads. I keep riding past family s that take up the whole road. I have to choose another street. If your road riding and you pass another person on a bike . That puts both people at risk!!!!!
Passing is unacceptable. When you pass the cyclist you are feeding the rider behind you all your breath. DO NOT PASS people on your bike. Please do not ride on bike paths. If you do then cycling out side will be banned completely.
I am not at all surprised by the complete trail shut down. It had to be done . Far too many ignorant people.
  • 2 0
 @Sshredder: yeah, I’ve been avoiding busier areas on nice days, I actually miss the rain, it meant I wouldn’t even see a single person on my ride!
  • 16 5
 Are they trying to overwhelm the psychiatric facilities????
  • 20 4
 It's Canada. There are no psychiatric facilities. They all closed in the 80's due to budget cuts.
  • 5 2
 @bikerbarrett: but we thought of it first!!!!
  • 3 19
flag RoadStain (Apr 8, 2020 at 17:44) (Below Threshold)
 @bikerbarrett: heh, Obama been there?
  • 2 0
 @bikerbarrett: Not just budget cuts. Misinformed social policy.
  • 2 9
flag wobblegoblin (Apr 8, 2020 at 21:57) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb1201: Oooh look at mtb1201 over here with all these “friends”...brag much???? Maybe the kind of person who has psychological issues doesn’t have any friends?!?!?
  • 1 1
 @rrolly: to be fair psychiatric treatment at those facilities wasn’t exactly good
  • 11 4
 Mental health and physical health have a symbiotic relationship! Look at “ the Body keeps score”

This is a global traumatic event...

Not sure taking away people’s outlets who may have lost relatives, their job, their business is a particularly great idea. Oh! And everyone had lost their social engagement system as well..

I’m not advocating for stupidity and not following physical distancing.. I’m all for that. But maybe in moderation ..

Oh wait! People can watch CNN for 12 hours, eat completely shitty food, not exercise and get traumatized and that’s totally fine! No problem fighting off a dangerous virus with a tapped out nervous system!
  • 11 10
Another truth: we have all become compliant cowards. Everyone says they're following orders for the common good...it's a familiar theme in history.
  • 7 5
 @Ian713: Ding Ding Ding. You win the Biggest False Equivalency in Pink Bike's History Award.
  • 3 7
flag Ian713 (Apr 8, 2020 at 22:39) (Below Threshold)
 @pmhobson: That would entail you having read every pinkbike comment. It looks like your handle on logic isn't so tight.
  • 1 9
flag RoadStain (Apr 9, 2020 at 2:35) (Below Threshold)
 @Ian713: 100% Hitler approved!!!!
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 @Ian713: Because staying home and not spreading a virus is the same as genocide?
  • 4 7
 @leadsledpaintrain: logical fallacy.
Just doing what you're told because is the comparison.
People say it's because they believe it's the safest thing to do. But if we're all critical and honest with these orders, we know going into the woods, forest, or parks for recreation or exercise is good for us. We know the more we stay at home, the more compromised our systems become.
We're choosing to abide by whatever our dictators tells us to do, not because we believe (trust) they really know what's best for us, but because we are cowards.
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flag Ian713 (Apr 9, 2020 at 4:10) (Below Threshold)
 @leadsledpaintrain: false narrative.
Just doing whatever we're told is the comparison.
If we're honest and critical of what the government is telling us what to do, we should all come to the conclusion that partaking in leisure and recreation in the fresh air of OUR woods, forests, and parks strengthens our immune systems. The more we stay at home, the weaker we become.
We say it's because we trust the government to tell us what's best for us, but all they're doing is telling us to hide under our beds until the boogeyman goes away. We Are Cowards.
  • 7 2
 In our area, DNR land is closed, USFS land is closed, State Parks and County Parks are also closed. Even the local ski resorts banned uphill travel. The only places still open are privately owned land parcels and that's close to being shut down because people can't respect what we're all trying to do. There are so many eyes on us right now; be smart. Just like so many others, I want to get off my road bike and ride the trails we've all worked so hard to have. And I wish the remaining few in our area would get on board with the rest of us trying to help us keep what we're so damn fortunate to ride. And I swear when this is over, I'm browning out in a parking lot, post-ride, with all the homies.
  • 3 0
 Washington State it sounds like!
  • 5 0
 Well the Greater Vancouver Region has a population of 2.4 million so if only a small percentage of that decides the want to go out to the now limited areas we have still open it won’t take much to become crowded. So much as we all want to be out riding how about we ask ourselves which situation is worse:
A) We suck it up in the short term and stay off the trails for a month and stay home with everyone else and hopefully in a month when prime riding season is kicking in. Everything will be mostly back to normal and we can full enjoy all our trails with our friends or:
B) We get impatient and continue to overcrowd areas (includes all activities not just biking) and end up still being in this situation all summer or worse, not even being able to ride at all if it gets worse.
  • 8 0
 @brycepiwek : this isnt going away anytime sooner with more restrictions. Social distancing actually increases the timeline. Social distancing keeps the hospitals at a manageable level which is the goal at this point. Summer is as good as gone already, with no end in sight.
  • 5 4
 @trunkmonkey: we have entire empty floors and medical staff being laid off. Surgeries canceled....and on......and on. People are suffering with preexisting conditions and beds are empty. Stupid.
  • 3 1
 @RoadStain: honestly couldnt tell you what's happening in America. Who knows what happens over there and why....
In canada they're preparing for the worst. They're expecting large numbers, overwhelming the hospitals.
  • 7 4
 @RoadStain: Stop it!! Didn’t you hear MSNBC? Hospitals will be overwhelmed!! Morgues filled to the ceilings!!! Oh...nvm
  • 5 0
 Liquor stores open, thousands of acres of parks closed. Makes perfect sense.
  • 2 0
 Very strange attitudes coming from bikers during this. My trails are still open in city and private land, state is closed, and the local trail authorities have explicitly stated not to travel to popular trail head parking lots via car because they are small. Instead to park at locations slightly further away and pedal to the most popular trails..... no ones cares. Normal parking lots are utterly packed. We're talking like 20 extra minutes of pedaling at the most, no ones cares... very strange.
  • 5 0
 The Fromme climber is going to be jammed now.
  • 5 0
 Time to build our own trails
  • 3 0
 Being outdoors, getting sunshine on your skin, exposing your system to the elemnts is good for your immune system. It strengthens you both physically and mentally.
  • 5 5
 I love living in a world where this comment will literally make (stupid) people mad Smile
  • 2 3
 Good plan. As long as people recreate IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY, and avoid traveling and the risks that go with it, AND maintain appropriate distances, then this should be fine.
  • 2 2
 @cerealkilla: shut up mom, no one asked you.
  • 3 2
 I hate to break the news to ya, but social distancing is here to stay in many parts of the northern hemisphere, probably the majority of it. Sadly, there will be more measures, even more stringent than what we've seen in the past month or so. Brace yourselves.
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 Curves are flattening, deaths WAY under even the lowest estimates of models that included social distancing. US gearing up to get things started end of April.

More stringent measures coming? Sounds like you know something nobody else does, care to share a source of information backing your claim?
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 @Off-my-lawn-hippie: LOL, yea that source of information is called reality.
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 @topbike21: Huh? The country is open, more stringent measures never came, he was clearly wrong. Good luck with whatever “reality” you claim to live in.
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 This has also happened in Santa Cruz, all state parks, beaches, trails, and public outdoor areas are to be vacated subject to a $1000 fine starting tomorrow until 4/15.

Riding was the only thing I had going...
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 They'll have to take my bike from my cold dead hands!!
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 In Canada it's our constitutional right to bear bikes.
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 @rrolly: ...and hockey sticks.
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 That could reasonably happen to people that are too daft to protect themselves from this virus. I sincerley hope that doesn't happen.
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 Overkill. I wonder how much of this is due to complaints from Nimbys?
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flag onemind123 (Apr 8, 2020 at 15:29) (Below Threshold)
 @YoKev: obviously you don't get it.
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 @onemind123: No, I believe @discoclint is a health expert and perfectly qualified to give his educated opinion on an international health crisis. Right @discoclint? Your credentials give you more credibility than the world's health officials?
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 Sorry @YoKev - my communication had covid and incorrectly pointed my comment at you :-(
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 @johnthewolf: @johnthewolf: I don't claim to be a health expert but the parks have enough space to maintain social distancing as long as everyone behaves sensibly. I agree with other comments that the bro-fests have to stop in car parks and on the sidewalks, but I've not seen any and I've been riding on my own every second day for 6 weeks. Now you just have everyone funneled into a small number of climb trails making social distancing harder.

...and for the record are you referring to the same experts that kept YVR open to incoming travel from COVID19 hotspots, relying on passenger honesty to admit that they weren't felling well, the whole time that the WHO was trying to explain in January that governments had to take this seriously and that the incubation period without symptoms was on average two weeks? They sure got that one right.
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 Little to do with Nimbys. It is a strategic choice by Govt to discourage people from travelling during the holiday break, and causing transmission across communities and a new spike in disease transmission. People that only think about their bikes think it is somehow about them. Fact is that there is a bigger picture to this that involves saving tens of thousands of lives.
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 sorry for the confusion here ,it is a provincial recreation order that says trails are still open. I would post it here but I can't attach the file.
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 Most mtb trails I know of arent even in parks.
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 Time to work on urban adventures. Hopefully not get bottled cruising past the drunks in the parking lots!!
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 Riding spots are busier than peak summer.
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 Line up at the trails should be in ten minute intervals.....
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 Suck it up buttercup - if you are riding or hiking the shore at all your a selfish prick - If you are a sponsored rider and posting it on instagram your a jackass - and you should be chastised so your sponsors see that you are a horrible ambassador. The last thing the Lions Gate Hospital needs is more patients considering BC s biggest problem is a old folks residence 15 blocks away in Lynn Valley/ Fromme trail head. Here in BC we are global and Country wide leaders in flatening the curve . Only 2% increase in the last week in new cases - and more recovered every day - most everywhere else would be so lucky and grateful. Dont f*ck it up in the next few weeks so we can have a late Spring/ Summer of riding and maybe the bike shops and pubs in North Van will survive this hardship and we will drink to them.
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 So if people were going into provincial parks and reported cases were not growing exponentially or logarhythmically...then, well it's obvious you care more than others and that makes you a better person (goes without saying) but based on what you've reported, your moral grandstanding may be misplaced.
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 Anyone have clarity on which trails in the lower mainland can still be ridden? My understanding is that Fromme and most of Seymour are not in a provincial park?
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 Drive up and find out...
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 Rode Sedona last week. All the major trailheads were closed. LEOs parked at the gates. On a good note my 11 year old had to ride Slim Shady for the first time.
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 Thats Wacked and Cracked !
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 This comes from “George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy”

Another trustworthy institutionlol
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 Why not just close the parking lots and keep trails open?! Ridiculous.
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 In Alberta the liquor stores are considered an essential service so the poor alcoholics don't die from detox...
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 they closed liquor stores here. You guys should feel lucky. I blame @bretttippie
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 That's logical, you have a great future in BC government propaganda.
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 Too bad your beer sucks!
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 @curendero: yea we all drink Bud Lite and drive camaros. Its no kokanee or canadien. lol piss water up there
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 @owlie: Spoken like Joe Dirt!!
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 @curendero: spoken like a pasty white igloo dweller
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 This is great quarantine entertainment.
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 Every county and state park in NJ are now closed.
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 Even Coney Island or The Shore?
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